Sylvia Plath: Five Facts

1. Sylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts. She began writing at a very young age and had her first poem published at age eight

2. Sylvia attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she worked as an editor for her school’s literary magazine. When she was still in college, Sylvia was given the opportunity to travel to New York City for a month and guest edit Mademoiselle magazine. Her experience didn’t live up to her expectations and later served as an inspiration for her novel The Bell Jar

3. After graduating from Smith in 1955, Sylvia won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Cambridge University in England, where she met fellow poet Ted Hughes. The two married in 1956, but had an infamously tumultuous relationship.
4. Sylvia had been writing poems and short stories for years and her first book of poetry — The Colossus – was published in 1960. The Bell Jar, her first and only novel, was released three years later.
5. After suffering from depression for many years, Sylvia tragically took her own life on February 11, 1963 — she was just 30 years old. Her second collection of poetry, Ariel, was released two years after her death. Sylvia was also posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1982.
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